Sergio Garcia edges out Justin Rose to win Masters after play-off

  • Sergio Garcia edges out Justin Rose to win Masters after play-off

Sergio Garcia edges out Justin Rose to win Masters after play-off

The golf world toasted Garcia on Sunday evening as the man with almost two decades of Masters experience finally slid on the green jacket. With Garcia starting to take control, Rose answered with birdies on three of the final four holes of the front nine. "I feel like if he misses at that point, I make, I'm four clear and I've got my eye on Thomas Pieters and Matt Kuchar instead".

Garcia, who shared the overnight lead with Rose going into the final round, said he felt calm throughout the day.

"Everybody that supported me, my sponsors, my moments that unfortunately didn't go the way I wanted". Garcia was able to replicate his flawless drive from the previous hole, but Rose would hit his tee shot into the pines.

When Rose hit his drive into the straw off the fairway, which effectively cost him a stroke, and pretty much handed Garcia the tournament, I prayed that he would sink the birdie try rather than taking a safe two-putt par.

It marked the first Masters playoff since Adam Scott beat Angel Cabrera to become the first Australian to wear the Green Jacket in 2013.

A maiden title seems more unlikely now than ever, but should the improbable happen for the 67-year-old, you can expect celebrations in the style of Sergio Garcia's on the 18th at Augusta. The winning putt prompted emotional scenes on the 18th green with Garcia dropping to his knees before embracing his fiancée, Angela, and then heading to the Butler Cabin to be presented with the Green Jacket by fellow European Tour member Danny Willett.

Sergio Garcia edges out Justin Rose to win Masters after play-off

"I was so happy for him I can't tell you how happy. You deserve it all amigo", from second-ranked Rory McIlroy and "Congrats, well earned", from 14-time major victor Tiger Woods. Garcia, meanwhile, scrambled for a par to stay two back.

Garcia began Sunday on level terms with friend and playing partner Rose, but he wasted little time in opening up a two-shot lead as the chasing pack failed to put together a run of birdies.

"Sergio holed from eight feet for par, and I had about five, six feet for birdie". "That putt really turned the clock a little bit for me". "Because for a while there, it was 'What are we doing?' And I wasn't doing much wrong and that's what was so tough". Garcia had a birdie from 10 feet and the ball circled the lip as it were and then dropped to spark of an emotional display by the victor. "I would have liked to be the right part of it, but nevertheless I hope it's a good one".

Champion golfer of the year, that's a good one.

At the par-5 15th, Garcia blasted a tee shot beyond 300 yards then lofted his approach off the flagstick, to set up a 15-foot eagle putt that slowed before falling in to fist-pumping joy as the crowd roared.

But the Olympic champion sees no reason why he can not challenge for a green jacket again and is already turning his focus to the next three majors, with the U.S. Open at Erin Hills just over two months away.